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It's free in PA. Congrats brother! Another good thing about it is if you go on vacation and fly somewhere, you can rent a motorcycle and tour the area that way. That's what Julie and I are going to do when we vacation in Cocomo. Of course we could always ride there but we like to get there fast then take it slow...

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I remember during lessons they made you drive a motorcycle at an ungodly slow speed. Turning properly at slow speeds was also very hard. Picture those cops on their big bikes making crazy tight turns on a very small course while riding their cruisers. There's a technique for this and it may get you out of a very tuf situation if your about to be rear ended or need to get out of the way under control. Sorry, I believe you really need to be that good. I'm not, that's why I need to get more of those lessons.

The Local sheriff's on bikes here in the county I live in use the same instructor for the their training as I had. And they have to go thru a course 2 times a year to maintain proficency.
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That's a good idea (renting a bike on vacation). Never thought of that.

And yeah, we had to do the ungodly-slow stuff too. We never got out of 2nd gear both days. It was a lot of 1st gear U turns, swerves, and start/stops.

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That's a good idea (renting a bike on vacation). Never thought of that.
Yeah, me and the girlfriend plan on riding from Napa Valley down Cali's coast to San Diego but to ride all the way there, then do that would consume too many vacation days. So yeah, fly there then rent one. I did that in Vegas and ended up crossing Hoover Dam and found myself at the Grand Canyon, it was awesome...
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Yeah, me and the girlfriend plan on riding from Napa Valley down Cali's coast to San Diego but to ride all the way there, then do that would consume too many vacation days. So yeah, fly there then rent one. I did that in Vegas and ended up crossing Hoover Dam and found myself at the Grand Canyon, it was awesome...
I get emails from a network called "Eagle Rider" of places that rent bikes. Most seem to be Harley dealerships but have other bikes. .They offer specials if you watch for them.
http://www.eaglerider.com/

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I had not ridden in over 25 years and to get my endorsement in Oregon I took the intermediate course and It was one day on 250cc bikes, all types, rebels, motos ect. and it cost $150.00. after the course they gave me a certificate and the D.M.V. here did not road test me, just gave me the endorsement. It was really helpful and kind of fun, but I did well compared to a guy that dumped his bike, twice(did not pass, told to take a beginners course). The only woman rider scored the highest score in the class.

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I went a little different route from a lot of folks I guess. I took the MSF course first, got my endorsement, then bought a bike after. My logic was I wanted to make sure I really wanted a motorcycle as badly as I thought I did and $200 for a class was a lot cheaper than a motorcycle. Well...a little over 9000 miles in 11 months of having the bike...yeah I guess I really wanted one.

As far as riding around the neighborhood and in parking lots and lessons...all good things. I still practice slamming on the brakes and skidding so I know what it feels like if I need to do it. But you will be surprised how quickly you feel comfortable taking the bike out for a longer ride. But always remember what they taught you in the class and practice it even in your normal everyday riding until it is so ingrained you couldn't do anything else.

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I just signed up for my MSF Basic Rider Course yesterday.....$195 for 2 1/2 days. Already started my homework book. Scary what you forget after not riding for 26 years. Of course my 'training' back then was a dirt bike ride in the dealers back lot for 30 minutes to get used to the shifting. I never even tried to get a license. I hope to be a much better and more informed rider this time.
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I get emails from a network called "Eagle Rider" of places that rent bikes. Most seem to be Harley dealerships but have other bikes. .They offer specials if you watch for them.
http://www.eaglerider.com/

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That's awesome, thanks so much for the link!
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MSF is awesome, I took the basic, the advanced then a ride like a pro course. I want to do the MSF 2 up course, need to find somebody to commit, a bag of sand wont cut it.

The training is awesome, the ride like a pro blew my mind, scraping floorboards at full lock < 5 mph is AWESOME.

good job on your course completing
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